Posted on: June 4, 2009 12:22 am

NBA Draft Player Comparisons

Brandon Jennings 6-1 PG Europe

Compared To: Steve Francis/Allen Iverson

Analysis: Jennings is a superior athlete with all the tools necessary to become an all-star point guard. Jennings is a tremendous leaper, has a elite first step, and is a blur in the open floor. He has great vision in the open court. He plays at one speed, just as Steve Francis in his youth. Is a great finisher at the rim. Only weaknesses is an average jump shot and poor postioning on defense. With the proper coaching Jennings could potentially become a top tier player in the NBA very soon.

Stephen Curry 6-3 Davidson

Compared To: Steve Kerr/Juan Dixon

Analysis: Curry is the best pure shooter to come into the NBA since J.J Redick, but his game translates more to the NBA level because of his defensive prowess and his ability to get his own shot off. Has marginal speed for a point guard, which will hurt him defensively, but he has great instincts and quick hands which will make up for his lack of foot speed. Has improved his decision making skills but still hasn't become a pure point guard. Moves well without the ball and works hard. Curry can be very good fit for a team needing a knock down shooter and a high character player.

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 1, 2009 6:10 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2010 1:29 pm

Guards Comparison

Ricky Rubio 6-4 PG Spain

Compared To: Steve Nash/Jason Williams

Analysis: Has tremendous ball handling and vision in the half court and in the full court. Can make the fundamental or flashy pass. Creates pass lanes by putting a spin on the ball, using wrap around passes, or difficult bounce passes. Is a much better defender than Nash, but has less range and consistency on his jump shot. His flashy passes are on the level of a Jason Williams or Magic Johnson. There really is no guard you can compare Rubio to because of his unique skill set, size, and talent.

Ty Lawson 5-11 PG North Carolina

Compared To: Chris Paul

Analysis: Lawson is blessed with tremendous speed and quickness. In 2008-2009 season Lawson improved his 3pt shooting and his become a liable threat from the 3pt line which opened lanes for himself and his teammates. Has solid vision and great ball handling skills. In the NCAA tournament Lawson proved to be the best player and leader of the nation's best team. Outside is lack of size  there is no reason Ty Lawson will not become a Chris Paul like PG in the NBA for years to come.

Eric Maynor 6-4 Virginia Commonwealth

Compared To: Chauncey Billups/Sam Cassell

Analysis: Big PG with a great feel for the game. Has a solid jumpshot and has the ability to get into the lane and create shots for himself and teammates. Uses body well to asborb contact and draw fouls. Is not the fastest player, but Maynor uses his solid first step to get by defenders and holds them off using his 6-4 frame. Maynor is natural born leader and a clutch basketball player just as Cassell and Billups. Maynor attended a small school but is ready for big time games, as shown in tournament upset over the heavily favorited Duke Blue Devils.
Category: NBA
Tags: 2009, Draft, Guards, NBA
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